Hal Olson

Hal Olson
I'm not too picky when it comes to video games; if it's fun or has a good story, chances are I'll be a fan. My favorite game ever is Super Metroid, but other favorites include Metal Gear Solid 3, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Disgaea, Final Fantasy VI, and Xenoblade Chronicles.

Virginia is Totally a Walking Simulator, and I Love It

Yes, Virginia deserves to be called a game. Whether you’ve heard of it or not, Virginia was released last year. By my recollection, no one was particularly looking forward to the title, and the game quickly slipped into the ether. It was reviewed highly by a few publications but,…

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is Deeply Confusing

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 looks more like Xenoblade Chronicles Y I love Xenoblade Chronicles. Not only is it by far my favorite RPG on the Wii, it is right up there with Metal Gear Solid 3 and Final Fantasy VI in the ranks of my favorite games of all time.…

Why Metal Gear Solid V Ends With a Fizzle

Though we may never know how it came to be, Metal Gear Solid V’s Ending stinks. I know I’m late to the party, but I finally finished Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain this past week. As a big fan of the Metal Gear series as a whole,…

An Open Letter to Nintendo

Let’s learn from history, please. Nintendo, I know we’ve had our ups and downs, but I really want the best for the Switch.  I want to love this cool new system and all the games that it will play.  Initial signs are promising, but, given the last five or…

FFXV and The Last Guardian: Back from Development Hell

Final Fantasy XV and The Last Guardian are almost here (hopefully) Within a month, two of gaming’s greatest mysteries will take the veil off for good. Final Fantasy XV and The Last Guardian, two games with famously tortured creations will be released (at least, we hope), and we will finally…

Why I Don’t Hate Metal Gear Survive

The dust has settled, and Metal Gear Survive is just fine.     Now that we are a solid two-months removed from the Metal Gear Survive announcement, it’s high time for a fair assessment of what the game actually is and what it is not.  Though, yes, its very existence…

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